On November 15, 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced big news: the Wolfcamp shale field in the Midland portion of Texas' Permian Basin is the largest continuous oil accumulation ever found in the U.S. Containing 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, Wolfcamp contains nearly three times the amount of recoverable resources than that contained in the 2013 USGS Bakken-Three Forks assessment.
No one ever wants to experience a workplace injury, but what happens if the worst comes to pass? While not all workplaces are equally susceptible to workplace explosions, if you work an industrial job with plenty of machinery around, it's a grim possibility. In 2014, 137 people were killed by fires and explosions at work according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Some of the areas that are at the highest risk of a workplace explosion include manufacturing plants, mining operations, construction sites, chemical plants, and oil and gas industry extraction and production areas.
Wyatt Law Firm's blog "Notice to Oilfield Workers: Know Your WARN Act Rights!" is now available in presentation format! This helpful blog details protections outlined in the WARN Act, a law that protects oilfield workers from unlawful layoffs. According to the WARN Act, oilfield employers must give their employees 60 days' notice before laying them off.
A train that was hauling millions of pounds of oil from North Dakota to Virginia derailed on Monday, resulting in evacuations and oil leaking into a nearby river.
Recently FTS International closed its Bryan Plant, letting go of 200 oil and energy workers. FTS International is an oil field service company that employees over 4,000 workers. The employees at Bryan Plant came in on Wednesday morning, on April 8th, and learned that they no longer had a job. The lack of notice is allegedly in violation of the WARN Act.